Author Results for Derek Law

Book Review-‘Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars: Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover GCB KCVO CMG DSO’ by J. Crossley

By Derek Law

This is the first biography of Roger Keyes for some decades and fills a surprising gap in the literature. Keyes had a hugely successful career and was an archetypal son of the British Empire. Born in India in 1872, where his father was commander of the Punjab Frontier Force, he was one of nine children. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘The Longest Campaign: Britain’s maritime struggle in the Atlantic and northwest Europe, 1939–1945’ by B. E. Walter

By Derek Law

Brian Walter is a retired army officer and has researched military history for many years. His new history takes a rather different approach to the already huge literature on the Royal Navy’s war against Germany. It employs a conventional chronological structure but is rather more than a straightforward history of events. It is full of […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy Day by Day (5th edn)’ by L. Phillips

By Derek Law

First published in 1979, this fifth edition, published seven years after the previous edition and again with Lieutenant Commander Lawrie Phillips as author, has been described by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band as ‘An essential work of reference and of inspiration throughout the Fleet’. Phillips himself is a distinguished naval historian of long standing. The book […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘The Battle of the Denmark Strait: A critical analysis of the ‘Bismarck’ ’s singular triumph’ by R. J. Winklareth

By Derek Law

Robert Winklareth is a mechanical engineer and professional technical analyst with particular expertise in military weapons systems. He first wrote about the battle of the Denmark Strait in 1998 in a book which received very mixed reviews and then produced this more definitive study in 2012. It is now reprinted in paperback some seven years […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review – ‘Secret Flotillas: Volume 2: Clandestine sea operations in the western Mediterranean, North Africa and the Adriatic, 1940–1944’ by Brooks Richards

By Derek Law

Sir Francis ‘Brooks’ Richards, was a British diplomat and, during the Second World War, a director of operations for the Special Operations Executive. He was personally involved in some of the operations he here describes as official historian and took part in running agents across the Channel, winning the first of his two DSCs for […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Town Class Cruisers’ by Neil McCart

By Derek Law

The Town class cruisers were designed to meet the constraints imposed by the London Naval Treaty of 1930. Like their US and Japanese contemporaries, the Towns were considered to be ‘light cruisers’ within the narrow terms of the Treaty. The London Treaty defined a ‘light cruiser’ as being one having a main armament no greater than 6.1 inches (155 mm) […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review-‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ by N. Sharpook

By Derek Law

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships was formed soon after the twenty-fifth anniversary of Operation Dynamo, at the instigation of Raymond Baxter, when some 43 of the little ships sailed back to France as part of the commemoration of the evacuation. This volume of almost 200 pictures is published to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Six Victories: North Africa, Malta and the Mediterranean Convoy War November 1941– March 1942’ by V. P. O’Hara

By Derek Law

From 1940 to 1943 the Mediterranean was a key theatre of operations where two conflicting logistical needs intersected. For the Axis the capacity of their land forces to operate in North Africa depended on their ability to run supply convoys from Italy to Libya. For the Allies, the ability to sustain Malta as an offensive […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘The War for the Seas: A maritime history of World War II’ by E. Mawdsley

By Derek Law

Evan Mawdsley is a former professor of international history at the University of Glasgow. With a notable publication record on twentieth century Russian history and on the Second World War, he here turns his attention to the naval war. The result is a wide-ranging, comprehensive and lucidly written account of the war at sea, full […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review – ‘War at Sea: A naval atlas 1939–1945’ by Marcus Faulkner

By Derek Law

This is a profoundly disappointing book. Its arrival had been keenly anticipated as it has been widely advertised and promised a novel and valuable approach to naval warfare through cartography; it promised – and delivers – comprehensiveness; it has already been nominated for a book prize; it promised help in understanding complicated battles and campaigns […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies